The Blackhawks’ defense dominated the Predators on Sunday, holding them to 17 shots on goal for the entire game and keeping them in their own zone. Corey Crawford barely broke a sweat in net but easily stopped what little was thrown at him. On a night when Carrie Underwood won a Grammy, her husband, Mike Fisher, was held to two shots on goal and was robbed by Crawford on one occasion.
A highlight of the night was Roman Josi kicking the puck toward Marcus Kruger then failing to block Kruger’s shot for the Hawks’ first goal of the night. That goal was the first even-strength goal that Pekka Rinne had allowed since January 28. Jonathan Toews then earned his 150th career goal with a deflected shot from Duncan Keith.
Patrick Kane extended his goal streak to five games with his game-winner that was reminiscient of his goal that won the Blackhawks the Stanley Cup shot in the 2010 finals. In contrast, Patrick Sharp continued his goal drought as his three shots on goal yielded either blocks or pings off the post. Kane even tried to feed him the puck on several occasions with no luck.
After 11 days, six games and over 6000 miles logged, the Blackhawks are coming home with a 4-0-2 record and a firm 10-0-2 hold on first place in the NHL. The 16-day, seven game home stand that awaits them has been well deserved.